Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to members and to non-members on payment of a day membership fee of £3 per person. All are welcome to field meetings, which give opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2020 are listed below.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.

Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:

Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925

Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.

Booking form for trip on 11 Feb 2020

Please note that the price for the bookable trips is £17.

Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips

A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.

Contact details: Muff = 01423 340 694; Kerry = 01423 540267

Early flowers at Aubert Ings, Cattal - CANCELLED

Meet at the small car park by the river bridge in Cattal – try to share lifts. GR: SE447540

Leader: Richard Campbell
When: Thu April 16 10:00 - 13:00

Gouthwaite Reservoir, Scar House and Angram - CANCELLED

Leader: June Atkinson
Meet at Gouthwaite main car park at 9.30am, in cars. Looking for waterfowl and spring migrants. Stopping en route for Dipper, Pied Flycatcher and raptors. Scar House for lunch; looking for Ring Ouzel, Wheatear etc. A walk to Angram for those who so wish.
When: Tue April 28 09:30 - 16:00

RSPB Fairburn Ings - CANCELLED

Leader: June Atkinson
Meet in Reserve car park at 10am, in cars. Looking for passage migrants, waders, warblers, egrets and Spoonbills; 75 species were seen on the last two trips. RSPB members should have their cards with them.
When: Tue May 12 10:00 - 16:00

YWT Hetchell Wood - CANCELLED

In search of unusual flowers and trees.

Meet at the reserve car park (the reserve is near Thorner) GR: SE380422

When: Sat May 23 10:00 - 16:00

Grass Wood for uncommon plants - CANCELLED

Meet at Car Park on Grass Wood Lane near Grassington SD985651

Leader: Bruce Brown
When: Tue June 2 10:30 - 16:00

Stainburn Forest Nightjars - CANCELLED

Details to follow

Leader: Mike Smithson
When: Tue June 9 21:00 - 23:00

Valley Gardens, Harrogate - CANCELLED

Trees of the Gardens.

Meet at Main entrance gates opposite Pump Room, SE297555

Leader: Sue Wood HBC horticultural officer
When: Fri June 12 14:00 - 16:00

Scar House area and Upper Nidd - CANCELLED

Upland plants

Meet at fire station, bottom of reservoir track SE100735

Leader: Kevin Walker, BSBI
When: Fri June 19 10:00 - 16:00

Meadows of Malham Tarn

Limestone plants and mires.

Meet at Water sinks car park. GR: SE894658

Leader: Kevin Walker, BSBI
When: Sat July 4 10:00 - 16:00

Roundhay Park


Meet at Car park on Princes Ave (the Tram Park) opposite Lidgett Park Rd. GR: SE327379

Leader: Alan Hunton, Woodland Trust
When: Tue July 14 10:30 - 16:00

Farnham Gravel Pits

In search of insects

Leader: Stuart Foster, YNU
When: Sun July 19 10:00 - 16:00

South Gare

Plants and wildlife

Meet opposite fishing huts, NZ55612746

Leader: David Barlow
When: Thu August 6 10:30 - 16:15

Fungus Foray

Leader: Andy Woodall

Details to follow
When: Sat October 17 10:00 - 16:00


Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

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